• Ashworth is close ally of England manager Gareth Southgate
• Brighton one of several clubs to have shown interest
The Football Association are braced to lose their technical director, Dan Ashworth, to Brighton & Hove Albion as the man credited with playing a key part in reviving the England set-up at junior and senior levels closes in on a return to a role at club level.
Ashworth, who joined the FA in 2012 initially as director of elite development before his promotion to the technical director role three years later, has attracted interest from elite clubs in the Premier League and abroad in recent times with his reputation enhanced by the national team’s fourth-place finish at the summer’s World Cup. He is a close ally of the England manager, Gareth Southgate, within the set-up at St George’s Park, and drew up the elite player development plan known as ‘England DNA’ aimed at creating more successful sides across senior men’s and women’s football.